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Yamanaka beats Moreno to keep WBC bantamweight crown

Shinsuke Yamanaka beats Anselmo Moreno to defend WBC bantamweight title

Yamanaka beats Moreno to keep WBC bantamweight crown

TOKYO (AP) -- Shinsuke Yamanaka of Japan won a split decision against Anselmo Moreno of Panama on Tuesday to successfully defend his WBC bantamweight title for the ninth time.

Yamanaka scored points with a late flurry of punches and improved to 24-0-2 with 17 knockouts. Former WBA bantamweight champion Moreno dropped to 35-4-1 (12 KOs).

Two judges scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Yamanaka while the third scored it 115-113 in favor of Moreno.